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2020 Big Sky Business Insight Summit

Presented by Missoula Economic Partnership and Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative

2020 Big Sky Business Insight Summit presented by Missoula Economic Partnership & Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative

October 6: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
October 7-8: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Big Sky Business Insight Summit convenes cross-sector leaders to define big problems, identify Montana’s strengths to address them, and provide insights on how solutions can grow higher paying jobs, strengthen our statewide economy, and improve our overall quality of life. Montanans are problem solvers and from individual entrepreneurs to whole industries, for generations we’ve created solutions to global challenges through science, technology, and innovation. Today our challenges are more complex than ever, but our ability to meet them is greater than ever too. Our inaugural event will look at the challenges presented by COVID-19 and Montana’s opportunities to solve them and grow stronger in the process.

Each day of the Big Sky Business Insight Summit will include a panel discussion and a fireside chat that is tailored to that day’s theme.

  • Day 1: Montana’s Strong Foundation

    Join Rocky Mountain Lab Director Marshall Bloom, Governor Steve Bullock, Harvard trained economist Bryce Ward, and a panel of distinguished industry leaders to take a look at the state of our health, bioscience, and technology sectors with focus on where they intersect and how these sectors shaped our COVID-19 response.
    Day 1 Agenda
    Day 1 Panel and Fireside Chat will be moderated by Marshall E. Bloom, M.D., Associate Director for Scientific Management, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID/NIH
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Conference introduction (Grant Kier, President & CEO, Missoula Economic Partnership and Bryce Ward, Founder, ABMJ Consulting)
    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Fireside Chat: Governor Steve Bullock
    12:00 PM – 12:10 PM: 10-minute Break
    12:10 PM – 1:10 PM: Panel Discussion (Robert Goodwin, Ph.D., CEO, Vibliome Therapeutics, Jay Evans, Ph.D., Director, Center for Translational Medicine, Maggie Cook-Shimanek, Medical Director, Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Jason R. Carter, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education, Montana State University)
    1:10 PM – 1:30 PM: Wrap up
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  • Day 2: Navigating A Pandemic Through Innovation

    Over six months into the pandemic, we’re still navigating dynamic changes in conditions, from caseloads to supply chains and even our understanding of the virus. Cross-sector experts will discuss the state of the virus, acute needs, and ways in which Montana’s industries, research & development labs, educational institutions, and investors are pivoting to fill gaps in products, services, and knowledge to navigate acute conditions.
    Day 2 Agenda
    Day 2 Panel and Fireside Chat will be moderated by Avery Sonnenberg, Principal, Two Bear Capital
    11:00 AM – 11:10 AM: Introduction
    11:10 AM – 12:10 PM: Panel Discussion (Blake Wiedenheft, Associate Professor, Montana State University, Dean French, M.D., CEO, Community Medical Center, Major General Matt Quinn, The Adjudant General, Montana National Guard, T. Neil Ku, M.D., Healthcare Epidemiologist, Billings Clinic)
    12:10 PM – 12:20 PM: 10-minute break
    12:20 PM – 12:50 PM: Fireside Chat: Blake Wiedenheft, Associate Professor, Montana State University
    12:50 PM – 1:00 PM: Wrap up
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  • Day 3: Designing Around our Strengths to Create Health and Economic Resilience Beyond COVID-19

    Based on what we’ve already learned and experienced in this pandemic, we’ll explore anticipated potential long term changes in our key industries and sectors and explore how industry leaders, institutional leaders, policy makers, and communities can best position Montana for long term recovery that will make us economically stronger and more resilient in the future.
    Day 3 Agenda
    Day 3 Panel and Fireside Chat will be moderated by Sean Becker, VP of Shared Services, The Montana Hospital Association
    11:00 AM – 11:10 AM: Introduction
    11:10 AM – 12:10 PM: Panel Discussion (Bryce Ward, Founder, ABMJ Consulting, Shannon Lewis, Director, State Workforce Innovation Board, Liz Marchi, Head of Community Engagement, Two Bear Capital, Chelsea Bodnar, M.D., MPhil, CEO, Montana Pediatrics, Ahana Pediatrics, Chris Booth, CEO, FYR Diagnostics)
    12:10 – 12:20 PM: 10-minute break
    12:20 – 12:50 PM: Fireside Chat: Eric Donaldson, Clinical Virology Reviewer, FDA
    12:50 PM – 1:00 PM: Conference Wrap up
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Thank you to our Title Sponsor, Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiative for sponsoring this event.

Thank you all our sponsors of the Big Sky Business Insight Summit:

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